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lead -- america's top diplomat, john kerry, meeting with his russian counterpart for the first time face to face since russian boots hit the ground in ukrainian territory. one way or another, this could be a turning point in the international standoff over ukraine. >>> the olympics lead -- stop me if this sounds familiar, the white house condemns the russians after they invade a sovereign nation. not ukraine. georgia back in 2008. is president obama's response that different from george w. bush's at that point p. >>> also politics, argue about an issue long enough and sooner or later someone brings up the nazis. hillary clinton comparing putin to adolf hitler. did he go too far? good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. the word lead, for days now every time that red phone rang the russians have seemingly been checking their caller i.d. and saying it's the americans again, let it go to voice mail. literally, lots of unreturned phone calls between u.s. and russian dips. that changed a short time ago with the highest level diplomatic talks we've witnessed since the crisis began. secr
you so much. president obama and secretary of state john kerry were on the same talking points earlier today on whether russia's actions in the ukraine were a sign of strength. >> there is nothing strong about what russia is doing. >> i actually think that this is not been a sign of strength but rather is a reflection that countries near russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling. >> but is this new talking point more about defending the white house for being accused of we weakness in previous foreign policy decisions? joining me is senator corker. later in the show we'll have on his democratic counterpart. senator corker, thank you for being here. i first want to get your reaction to this news that russia has test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. this was planned before the crisis in ukraine but putin could have canceled the test as a sign of good faith. what do you make of all of this? >> good to be with you, jake. i don't read a lot into it, to be candid. actually, i could have -- him calling it off might have been a sign of something else. so,
john kerry to issue these cautionary words. >> an intervention would, in our judgment, be a very grave mistake. it would be completely contrary to russian policies as stated now with respect to libya, syria, other places. and any acts -- the question is whether or not what is happening now might be crossing a line in any way and we're going to be very careful in making our judgments about that. >> cnn's ian lee is joining us live from kiev. what can you tell us about the airport and the air space closed? >> reporter: well, jake, the men that have taken this airport or who have been there, i think we don't know who they are but i think what we are seeing is the most telling. these are very professional looking soldiers. they have new equipment, new uniforms, and they are moving in a way that is not would be like a rag-tag force. we don't know why the air space has been closed. neither the civil administration here in kiev or in the crimea has given any reason why or when it will reopen again. but definitely tense times here. >> what do you know about reports of the russian military movi
partners around the world. secretary jack lew to secretary of state kerry, isolating russia for the course of actions taken in ukraine and going forward. >> deputy national security adviser tony blanken, thank you so much for answering our questions. >> thank you. >>> president obama said he was stuck in the '80s. should the administration have seen this crisis coming? >>> welcome back to "the lead." do you. >> reporter: this moment from the 2012 debates? >> a few months ago, when you asked what is the biggest geopolitical threat facing the united states, you said russia. not al qaeda. the united states are calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the cold war's been over for 20 years. >> and then, of course, there's this golden oldie from all the way back in 2008. >> and then after the russian army invaded the nation of georgia, senator obama's action was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage russia's putin to invade ukraine next. >> panned at the time for the prediction, palin says, yes, i could see this one from alaska. the b
. >> there's been a lot of talk about the cold war returning. secretary of state john kerry just yesterday said this is not east/west. it's not rocky 4. president obama said last week, this is not a cold war era chess board. but talking about the cold war as much as they have in a way brings attention to it. do you think this is a new cold war? should the administration do something different than what they are doing? >> well, i've always believed that this administration was incredible naive about putin. the reset button, tell vladimir i'll be more flexible when i'm re-elected. it's, as i said at the beginning of the conversation, who we are dealing with. he views it as a semicold war in that he wants the russian empire restored and that means the near abroad of which the crown jewel is the ukraine. when you look at a map, you can certainly understand that and he certainly doesn't want to give up the naval base because that would be in danger. the next move he may make is restricting some of the energy supplies and we need to help the ukraine quickly and we need to get them money quickly
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